Wednesday, September 18, 2013
QB Watch: Saints’ Drew Brees
By Mike Triplett
A weekly analysis of the Saints’ quarterback play:
Rewind: Are you only as good as your last game, or your last possession? Brees didn’t have a great day overall in Sunday’s 16-14 victory at Tampa Bay, but he was in vintage form on the final drive as he quickly led the team downfield for a game-winning field goal. Brees completed three straight passes for 54 yards in less than a minute to engineer his 22nd game-winning drive in the fourth quarter or overtime since joining the Saints in 2006. Overall, Brees completed 26 of 46 passes for 322 yards, with one touchdown and two interceptions. The last one was particularly ugly – when he threw the ball straight to linebacker Mason Foster under pressure in the fourth quarter and Foster returned it 85 yards for a touchdown in a disastrous momentum shift.
Fast-forward: Despite the inconsistency at Tampa Bay, Brees appears to be close to peak form early this season. He's a very deserving No. 2 on Dan Graziano's MVP Watch, where he moved up three spots this week. All of Brees' favorite weapons (Jimmy Graham, Marques Colston, Darren Sproles, Lance Moore, et al.) are also off to strong starts. So, Brees and this passing offense could easily explode at any time – especially inside their comfort zone in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, where the Saints will play the next two weeks, against the Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins. Arizona might have to be prepared to win a shootout Sunday.
Brees vs. Brees: Brees has practically rewritten an entire chapter in the NFL record book over the past few years. It’s gotten to the point that he’s actually threatening his own records. Brees has thrown for 300 yards in seven consecutive games, which ranks second in NFL history. The longest streak is nine games -- set by Brees from 2011 to 2012.
Prediction: That streak will climb to eight games as Brees strikes early and often against the Cardinals on Sunday and forces them to play catch-up.